Richard has served Norfolk with great distinction as Chairman for the last six years and has put a tremendous amount of time and effort into the role to move the county forward.
Richard’s opportunity came about with Graham Littlewood’s move to the Thames Valley and Richard said in his Chairman’s notes recently;
“Whilst I was aware of the splendid job he did it came as quite an education to me when I realised how the position sat at the very centre of County Cricket in Norfolk. To be the temporary custodian of an institution which was formed in 1827, was a founder member of the MCCA in 1895 and has a Festival dating back to 1881 was quite something. However, times are changing, and a new drive and enthusiasm is needed to take the enterprise forward because enterprise is what the new NCCA is all about. It will involve increased profile, sponsorship, live streaming of games, enhancement of facilities and excellence of play creating a pathway to First Class Cricket and hopefully beyond. Now is the right time for me to pass on the baton to Mike Hanby. I have been working with Mike for the last year to ensure that there is a smooth handover. He has an enormous respect and love of the game and the Club could not be in better hands.”
In paying tribute to the sterling work Richard has done his successor Mike Hanby said “The one thing that I know for sure is that I have big shoes to fill! Richard has done an excellent job over the last six years. On behalf of everyone involved with Norfolk CCC I would like to take this opportunity to thank Richard for his hard work, commitment and the sheer passion he has put into the role. He leaves a very strong legacy with the county in good shape and I am pleased to say Richard will be staying involved. His wise counsel is something that I will certainly benefit from and Richard has helped to build a solid platform from which I hope we can develop further.”